Image copyright Reuters Image caption Juan Guaidó arrived at Maiquetia airport on Tuesday on a flight with his uncle, who was detained A top Venezuelan government official has confirmed that the uncle of opposition leader Juan Guaidó is being held on suspicion of smuggling “dangerous material” into the country.Juan José Márquez was travelling with Mr…

Juan Guaido arrives at the Simon Bolivar international airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela February 11, 2020.

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Juan Guaidó arrived at Maiquetia airport on Tuesday on a flight alongside with his uncle, who became detained

A high Venezuelan executive genuine has confirmed that the uncle of opposition chief Juan Guaidó is being held on suspicion of smuggling “harmful subject subject” into the country.

Juan José Márquez became travelling with Mr Guaidó from Lisbon to Caracas by airplane and vanished on Tuesday after being stopped by tax agency personnel.

Mr Guaidó called it a “cowardly breeze”.

The genuine did not narrate how Mr Márquez would comprise managed to smuggle the objects onto an global flight.

Mr Márquez isn’t the foremost person with hyperlinks to Mr Guaidó to be arrested. His chief of staff, Roberto Marrero, became detained last year and remains in penal advanced.

What does the executive narrate?

Diosdado Cabello, broadly thought to be the second strongest man in President Nicolás Maduro’s executive, spoke of Mr Márquez’s arrest on his weekly TV programme.

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Diosdado Cabello is an spectacular figure and a hardliner within the Venezuelan executive

“No, he’s not forcibly disappeared, he is being held for bringing in forbidden substances on a flight,” Mr Cabello alleged.

Mr Cabello showed photos of a bulletproof vest and what he said became explosive subject subject which Mr Márquez had allegedly tried to smuggle into Venezuela.

“He carried tactical flashlights which contained, hidden within the battery compartment, chemical substances of an explosive nature, presumably C-4 synthetic explosives,” he said.

Mr Cabello did not narrate how Mr Márquez would comprise managed to smuggle such objects onto an global commercial flight from Lisbon in Portugal to Caracas.

“No question they [the opposition] are going to verbalize about this [arrest],” Mr Cabello said. “Let them, because if this arrest is going to avoid losing the existence of one Venezuelan, so be it. Satisfactory is sufficient, who knows who he became going to utilize those explosives on?” he requested.

“The following day, they’re potentially going to snarl we made this up and that he’s a little bit saint.”

Mr Cabello said Mr Márquez wouldn’t be launched and a court later ruled that he would possibly possibly possibly honest restful proceed to be held.

Local media reported that Mr Márquez became pushed some distance from the court in a automobile belonging to Venezuela’s navy counterintelligence agency (DGCIM).

What’s the response been?

Mr Guaidó called President Maduro a “coward, who does not expose his face, who does not dare to step into a public sq. without safety… nonetheless mounts an assault on my household”.

“It is against the law, or not it is a kidnapping, he’s been forcibly disappeared by the dictatorship, this cowardly dictatorship.”

Mr Márquez’s better half said her husband, a pilot, had nothing to attain with politics and had handiest accompanied his nephew on the flight out of scenario for his safety.

She said her husband had been carrying a “preserving vest”, which she said had been justified in light of the assaults that supporters of Mr Guaidó and reporters had suffered as they welcomed him on the airport.

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Media captionOpposition chief Juan Guaidó is pushed and shouted at as he returns to Venezuela

The arrest has furthermore been denounced by the US insist division with the acting assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs denouncing it as “a kidnapping”.

What’s the background?

Juan Guaidó, 36, has been a thorn within the side of President Maduro for the previous 13 months, ever for the reason that feeble declared himself interim president and promised to oust Mr Maduro from set up of job.

Mr Guaidó argues that the 2018 re-election of Mr Maduro became illegitimate and that he as chief of the National Assembly subsequently had the responsibility to steal over as interim president.

He promised an “stop to the usurpation [of President Maduro], [to create] a transitional executive and comprise free elections”.

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Mr Guaidó held talks with US President all the procedure thru his most recent tour

While Mr Guaidó became recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate chief by extra than 50 worldwide locations he became not in a insist to wrest administration of the executive from Mr Maduro, who continues to comprise the backing of the country’s influential navy.

In January, Mr Guaidó defied a breeze back and forth ban in opposition to him to breeze on a three-week tour to manufacture make stronger for added sanctions on the Maduro executive.

He held talks with European leaders at the side of Germany’s Angela Merkel, France’s Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In the US, he attended the Assert of the Union speech as a special guest of President Donald Trump.

There became grand expectation about how Mr Guaidó would return to Venezuela and if he would be arrested.

On Tuesday, he returned on a TAP airways flight from Lisbon and while the immigration genuine seized his identification card, he became allowed to enter the country unhindered.

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